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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 WEDNESDAY • 9 AUGUST 2023 • ISSUE 856 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL • PAGE 11 maltatoday WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED ON WEDNESDAY 16 AUGUST AND THE MIDWEEK EDITION WILL BE BACK IN PRINT ON 23 AUGUST 2023 Three underwater volcanoes discovered off Sicily by Maltese, Italian expedition MATTHEW VELLA THE former permanent secretary Al- fred Camilleri testified in the parlia- mentary public accounts committee as MPs continue hearing witnesses on the NAO inquiry into the Electrogas gas plant procurement. Camilleri, a former finance ministry permanent secretary under both Na- tionalist and Labour administrations, answered questions over the course of two hours, justifying the work and role of the ministry in issuing govern- ment guarantees to private company Electrogas before they could secure permanent bank financing. The main body of questions was cen- tered around the guarantees issued by the State to Electrogas – first on an €88 million bridge loan, and later on a ma- jor €360 million loan. KURT SANSONE THREE large underwater volcanoes were discov- ered off Sicily's south-western coast by Maltese and Italian researchers scouring the seabed be- tween Mazara del Vallo and Sciacca. Top civil servant explains to PAC necessity of Electrogas guarantees PAGE 4 PAGE 5 Expedition coordinated by Maltese and Italian researchers explores Sicily Channel seabed and discovers three new undersea volcanoes and a shipwreck The three volvanoes were detected in the area between Mazara del Vallo and Sciacca in Sicily A new business centre at the former Savoy Hotel in Gzira will blend contemporary architecture with the existing building and fresh visuals show how it will look. This photomontage shows how the new business centre will look to the thousands of visitors who travel on Savoy Hill every day. SEE PAGE 7

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